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15/12/2013

Aditi - Day 19: What da ya mean worse?

After yesterday's pounding we awoke to an ARC forecast that said things were going to get worse! Bigger winds & waves. What da ya mean worse - did you see yesterday?So along came dawn and the usual roll of squalls. Then the wind started climbing to settle in the 28-33kn band with squall peaks again at 39. But the sea state was so much better than yesterday at 2-3 metres that this was a breeze. We were gliding along and having adjusted the auto-pilots max rates of turn and sensitivity levels upward the previous day all was well. We were keeping a speed that would get us to the Vegas Party!Then came 14.00hrs. No change to wind but the swell racked it up a couple of notches and we were on our way back down memory lane - almost, but yesterday was worse. But given the forecast we set the. read more...


15/12/2013

Webster - Log 23: More of the same old, same old...... just windier

Saturday 14th December: Position 14 41'N 53 57'W. Have had the best part of 30 knots of wind all day and big seas throwing us around. We noticed a particularly horrid squall cloud at first light looming from behind and it was already blowing hard enough to have all three reefs in the main and a couple in the genoa. Nothing for it but to take the main down completely and it was a good job we did - it blew over 35 knots! The wind has hardly abated much all day, minimum 25 knots, so we have continued with poled out genoa and a scrap of main to balance us and have set the auto pilot which has managed alright today with essentially a storm rig set. Still doing 7 knots. The sun has been out though so it doesn't seem as bad as it actually is! Forecast is for 25-30 knots of wind for the. read more...


15/12/2013

Firefly - Tired and emotional in Antigua

After arriving in English Harbour we have been having a lazy time. The first day and night was spent in Nelson's historic dockyard . We then had the luxury of a night ashore at Nonsuch Bay resort where Barney Greenhill our one man heroic support team is based. After enjoying his hospitality, food, pool and drinks cabinet Paul and Peter sailed Firefly from English Harbour round to Nonsuch Bay - a distance of just over 10 miles. She is now anchored off the resort and should be here for over a week waiting for Susie, then Janeto arrive and Paul to get in some kite surfing. Barney and Murray spent the day sight seeing and visiting Salcombe ex pats Graeme and Lesley Shove. Murray is leaving on a jet plane on Tuesday and this will sadly bring to an end our association with 60's folk music.. read more...


14/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée

14 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°28 N60°52 WArrivée19 jours, 8 heures, 59 minutes, et 10 secondes!Nous voilà avec Avel Biz dans la marina de Rodney Bay, secoués par cetteétrange aventure entre dépassement et plaisir!L'arrivée futmagnifique: grand soleil, 25 nœuds de vents, avec, en prime,un départ au lof devant le photographe. Mettons ça sur le compte del'euphorie.Un grand cri de joie lorsqu'on franchit la ligne d'arrivée, ça y est, onl'a fait!les photos ici: http://photoaction.com/arc13/arc13.htmAprès être allé saluer nos amis britanniques du bateau comité, on affaledéfinitivement la grand voile.En s'engageant dans le chenal (red right return, rouge à droite, vert àgauche: bienvenue aux Antilles), on se laisse féliciter par lesplaisanciers, les locaux, on se sent comme des grands. read more...


Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée
Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée
14/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Twenty

First there was Pollux. The 8.5 meter Pogo had broken her mast more than 600 miles from St. Lucia and was requesting nearby yachts to deliver any available diesel so she could continue on her way.Then, there was Koa. The catamaran had a 20 in crack near her propeller shaft and was taking on water. A rope had caught in the shaft during the night, causing the leak. Bilge pumps were keeping up, barely, with 480 miles to go.And finally, Texel. The 35 meter Classic Schooner had a fire in her engine room and needed assistance just 100 miles from St. Lucia.We woke up today to find these ARC Fleet Advisories in our SSB email inbox. The news, plus a look out the porthole at the rough seas, did not augur well for the day. By day's end, our premonitions were borne out. We are now sailing along. read more...


14/12/2013

Surya - Aangekomen

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Surya - Aangekomen
Surya - Aangekomen
14/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w

Logday 21 - could this be our last day at sea?!   Hi all,   I may be writing our blog for the last time and again I ask you to indulgeme while I dedicate this to my other adorable nephew Oliver who is six today.Happy Birthday Oliver!!   So even the chorizo is no longer and as we have been speeding along prettyfast, the fishermen amongst us have shied away from reeling out after‘Sailfish-gate’. Luckily it seems our provisioning worked out just about rightand having enjoyed the Atlantic treats of Mahi-Mahi & Bonito earlier in thevoyage we have a couple of spare supper options left which will see us well fedand hopefully safely into port tonight.   Funnily enough we had pictured our arrival into St Lucia cruising inglorious sunny skies, steel band playing, hula. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w
14/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Final log / report from Athena at Sea

Final log /report from Athena at SeaTaff(Skipper) Last night I was trying to get an uninterrupted fourhours sleep my watch mate Myles was covering for me. In the middle of the watch we suffered a knock down, theboat over on her beam ends, flattened by a huge wave, she slowly righted herselfbut down below was a mess of broken crockery, jars of jam and Worcester sauceand glass. The crew were fantastic and worked as the team they are to clean up.Thank goodness they had reduced sail earlier furling the main, to help ease thepressure on the rig. It is so easy to enjoy the speed of a big following sea anda powerful Auto Helm which has been faultless even through the violent moments. This has been a good trip with a powerful boat, akaleidoscope of new memories and new experiences and friends.. read more...


14/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 20

ARC Tag 20, Samstag2013-12-14, 15.00Hi Folks again,This is the live Weather Report not from Joe Z. but from Selivra !GRIB Files lügen nicht, aber sie sagen auch nicht die volle Wahrheit.Bisher hatten wir noch keine durchgehend stabil ruhige Nacht, irgendeinemehr oder weniger aufregende Action gab es immer – so natürlich auch letzteNacht. Der Wetterbericht und die GRIB sagen stabile Verhältnisse voraus.Aber der Reihe nach ! Die unangenehme Kreuzsee (Dünung und Welle kommen ausverschiedenen Richtungen) von gestern Mittag läuft am Nachmittag aus undunsere lieb gewordene Dünung (bis 4m) kommt wieder aus NO bis O und schiebtuns vor sich her. Der Nachmittag wurde richtig gemütlich, Sonne, angenehmerWind mit 25 kts der uns mit 7 kts auf der Dünung surfen lässt und zu feierngab es natürlich auch. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 20
Selivra - ARC Tag 20
14/12/2013

Golondrina - It's all over..

So here we are having arrived in the Caribbean actually standing on something solid.Even when arriving late in the evening the St Lucian tourist board play a massive welcome to every crew with baskets of fruit and bottles of rum.It's now time for sitting down, sleeping, relaxing, sleeping, drinking, sleeping, more drinking, sleeping....Yes I know Stuarts wearing a garland... It was a pressie from his girls ...Once again a massive thanks for all the messages of support.The crew.image.. read more...


Golondrina - It's all over..
Golondrina - It's all over..
14/12/2013

Adina - Day 20 and some big rollers in the fairground of the Atlantic

So Day 20 on Adina...golly it's starting to feel like groundhog day! Where is that finish line??Most used expression today had to be "Wow - look at that one!" in reference to yet another mountainous wave rising above the stern. Winds of 25 plus knots all day long and big Atlantic waves. On a cheerful note, we haven't seen dolphins in a few days now so they enlightened the mood and squealing ensued. Putting a gopro on a boat hook to capture them nearly resulted in the gopro being lost due to the force of the water. But they were magnificent - belly rolling and putting on a real show.Cooking right now requires real courage and with the heat is a guaranteed sauna session. Lindsay knocked up some duck pancakes - ok, it wasn't Harold and it was chicken. Harold did partake in a photo shoot.. read more...


14/12/2013

Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?

…yes we can! We decided that the jib (whisker) pole was worth trying tosalvage to use.We spent the morning (13/12) hacksawing, hand drilling andbolting and from an extending bent, snapped pole we created a slightly stillbent, non-extending pole which is doing a grand job keeping us goose winged.Sailed reefed during the night though as winds reached and maintained 36knots for most of the night. Jib back out and going well. We would like toshare with you the ‘Ode to Shenanigan’ that our friend ‘Basher’ Dave emailedus...Five hundred miles to go on Compass Two Six OhIt seems a lot, but far it's notProvided Trades will blow.You've suffered calms, you've weathered stormsThe jib's been torn by galesBut mending sails is just the normWith handy 'No More Nails'.Shenanigan, you're on your wayWith. read more...


Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?
Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?
14/12/2013

Miciadue - Mit riesen "Schritten" dem Ziel entgegen

Die Temperaturen werden von Tag zu Tag angenehmer. Blauer Himmel mit ein paar Schäfchenwolken und Sonnenschein. Schauergebiete mit entsprechendenden Böen (Squalls) sind heute Morgen in einiger Entfernung an uns vorbeigezogen. Der Atlantik bietet uns heute eindrucksvolle Wellenberge mit einer Höhe von über 4 m. Am Ruder bedeutet das harte Arbeit. Nach einer Stunde muss der Rudergänger abgelöst werden. Die Arme werden lahm und die Konzentration lässt nach. Aber es macht riesigen Spaß. Von achtern angetrieben mit 6 - 7 Windstärken und von Wellen mit 4 - 5 m Höhe erreichen wir kurzfristig Geschwindigkeiten mit über 10 kts wenn wir die Wellen "heruntersurfen". Es könnte fatale Folgen haben, wenn man als Rudergänger hier einen Fehler macht. Mit der derzeitigen Geschwindigkeit kann es sein,. read more...


14/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Final Blog Draft Saturday 14.12.13

By Chris Haworth.                                                                                          This is it our Final Blog! Our final days sailing was a classic trade wind day, 20/25kts all day, spinnaker up all day, cruising and surfing averaging circa 8.5 kts in glorious sunshine ...this is the life!  We crossed the finish line in the. read more...


14/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 21 - Not that far to go

Hello Everyone,Less than 400 miles to go.The wind has been 25 - 30 knots from the east, even bigger in the squalls.Boat and crew coping well.Keeping the message short today to allow for other duties. Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake). read more...


14/12/2013

Free Spirit - 14th December (Peter's Blog)

Disaster! Worse things do happen at sea but this was prettybad.  We lost our Parasailor sail today.  We were already in direstraits concerning our sails.  The genoa, which is the main working sail,was all but destroyed in the storm of 30th November.  Somehow we managed toput it together again adequately enough for it to continue pulling usthrough the water for another 10 days before she suffered further severe damageduring a squall in the middle of the night on 10th December.  At this timewe were in strong winds and heavy seas and it was decided to park it on theforestay until we reached our destination.  In the meantime we rigged thestay sail as a poor, but better than nothing, substitute for the genoa. Thisworked reasonably well.  We. read more...


14/12/2013

Koala - Dec 14th: Friday the 13th part 2

Yeah, I know, I didn't mention Friday the 13th yesterday. I thought it better not to. We're a superstitious bunch us sailors, and it did prove to be a tough day elsewhere in the fleet. One boat caught fire, one was dismasted and another was taking on water.So our late evening was tame by comparison, but at dusk it started looking a bit squally and cloudy, so we dropped the main in about 30 knots of breeze and carried on overnight under poled out genoa. Partly because the genoa is more stable like that, but mainly because I really didn't fancy dancing on the foredeck with a 16ft aluminium pole with 12 ft swells in the dark!Also, after saying that we had not seen a boat for a week, we had two last night. One turned out to be Second Wind, one of the boats from our net who we knew was. read more...


14/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean

After their 3rd night of strong winds (gusting to F7) and rain the crew are feeling tired.  They ‘wake’ though to the most beautiful day yet, bright sunshine and sparkling seas.  To complete the spectacular scenery a large pod of dolphins arrive.  They are extremely lively, jumping and  turning, diving under and around the boat and guiding the boat at the bow.  To get  abetter view the crew go, precariously, up to the bow (Mike and George were left to mind the helm).  The girls sat with their legs dangling over the side and each time the boat lurched from side to side their feet were dipped into the warm waters. They all agreed that It was like being on a fair ride but even better ‘cos it wasn’t!  (Insert photo)  (They laughed in the face of. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean
Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean
14/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 16:Today was really really hot.It was so hot that Mum and Dad said that we didn't have to do any school work today.There is no wind and the water looks really shiny and flat.This afternoon to cool down we all went swimming.It was lovely but a little strange as well because we are so far away from any land.Karen got stung by a jelly fish tentacle but she is ok.She said that it was just a tentacle that must have fallen off a jelly fish and it wasn't too sore.Spaghetti Bog for dinner and then Robert, Karen, Mum and I played Bean Farmer, Karen won.Dad said that the wind should come back tomorrow.Day 17:The wind came back so we are sailing again.I had lots of school work to do and it took ages.Then Robert and I playedwith our Lego.Mum said that we will be using the last of the fresh meat. read more...


14/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 13

Day 18 and the smiles on Hotstuff are as wide as the Atlantic. With a mere600 miles until St. Lucia greets us we have finally moved our minds from ourstomachs to what we have achieved in 2200 miles spent at sea. We have realisedwe already have a lot to be proud of and are spending a moment to reflect. Although we don't have the statistics we are aware that the number of allfemale crews that have sailed this vast sea will be limited. We are also awarethat the number of crews that have sailed it the 'hard way' - no enginepropulsion, no water maker, no generator, no auto helm, just the basics - willbe even fewer. We indulge ourselves in feeling like we are making our ownpersonal history.Nine women who had not even met three weeks ago let alone sailed with eachother, have bonded in difficult. read more...


14/12/2013

Jambo - now got 25 knots up the bottom

very strong winds in the right direction but very big seas means we are all exhaustedbut making good speed . The line sqaulls and showers are interesting to spot - they all seem to head for Jambo to give us a good wash - just as well as bathing on the deck is off limits in these conditions --. read more...


14/12/2013

Starblazer - 14 December Friday the 13th

After the gybe problem we had just before midnight Thursday, I was a little apprehensive about Friday!The night was not conducive to blog writing because the boat was crashing about all night.It wasn’t conducive to sleeping either.We had to steer a little off course to cope with the gybed mainsail which meant that the swell hit us from a squarer direction.Waves from I know not where came from an opposing direction, it was nasty.Other than the motion, it was a peaceful night (apart from John’s encounter with a flying fish), though the watch keeper had to keep an eye on the wind instruments to ensure no repercussion of the earlier gybe.The morning dawned bright and clear so we set about gybing the mainsail in a controlled manner so that we could get back on course.The amazing thing is,. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 20: Gib mir Wind und ich gebe Dir Meilen

13.12.2013Pos: 16° 11,8' N, 053° 49,0' WKurs: 271°Seit der Angelspuk vorbei ist, überschlagen sich die Etmal-Rekorde täglich. Ich wusste, dass die Leine nur gebremst hat. Oder liegt es doch am Wind? In jedem Fall geht es nun rasend schnell. Zum letzten Mal überfahren wir eine Zeitzonengrenze. Die Wellen werden immer besser ausgesteuert. Die Geschwindigkeit steigt teilweise auf mehr als 9kt über Grund, wenn wir die Welle herunter surfen. Laufend werden neue Ankunftszeiten ausgerechnet. 16.12. zum Frühstück, nein doch nicht. 15.12. zum Sundowner, nein Mist, Zeitverschiebung vergessen - oder am Ende doch?Kennzahlen des Tages:Zeitzone am Schiffsort: UTC-4 (= Zeitzone am Zielort)Verbleibende Distanz: Tagesetmal: 182smOlaf. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 19: Fische, Fische, Fische

12.12.2013Pos: 17° 01,7' N, 050° 53,9' WKurs: 270°Mein Verhältnis zu Fisch ist, vorsichtig ausgedrückt, unterirdisch miserabel. Wer hätte also gedacht, dass sich das hier noch zu einem „Fisch-Blog“ entwickelt. Aber es gibt Einiges zu berichten. Da sind beispielsweise die inzwischen unzählige Delfine, die uns immer wieder in großen Rudeln begleitet haben (ich weiß, Delfine sind keine Fische). Gestern kam dann noch ein weißer Hai dazu (bilden wir uns jedenfalls ein). Er umkreist das Schiff fast eine Stunde, zieht dann aber wieder gelangweilt ab - war wohl nichts zu holen. Gleich hinterher kommt ein kleiner Wal (ja ich weiß, sind auch keine Fische). Damit dachten wir, wäre das Programm vorerst komplett.Dann der Alarm. Irgendetwas hat an der Angel angebissen, die wir seit 2 1/2 Wochen. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische

11.12.2013Pos: 17° 35,2' N, 048° 05,0' WKurs: 280°Der Veranstalter der ARC hat jetzt einen Wettbewerb ausgeschrieben über den größten gefangenen fliegenden Fisch. Dazu sind zwei Bemerkungen notwendig: 1) Ja, das gibt es wirklich. Die Fische hier können fliegen. Kann man überall sehen. 2) Fangen muss man die gar nicht. Die Fische landen von allein an Deck. Vermutlich durch eigenen Navigationsfehler oder durch mangelhaften Ausguck vor dem Abheben. Schiffe sind in dieser Gegend eher selten.Auch wir haben uns inzwischen zwangsläufig zwei Exemplare eingefangen. Einen haben wir lebend wieder ausgesetzt (die Fischen können zwar schwimmen und fliegen, aber nicht laufen). Beim zweiten kam leider jede Hilfe zu spät. Auch ihn haben wir der See zurückgegeben. Wenn wir das Beweisfoto beim Wettbewerb. read more...


Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische
Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische
14/12/2013

Duplicat - Close encounter

You don't see another boat for days and days and then a huge 280m tanker on collision course pops up on the radar and AIS!Skipper called him and said that we would hold course and he very politely said they would move to starboard and we could pass port to port.Sun now shining again and wind eased to 23 knots but seas behind pretty big so go pros have been busy!tanker. read more...


Duplicat - Close encounter
Duplicat - Close encounter
14/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 21 - 14.12.2013 - Landfall

Barbados haben wir nicht mehr gesehen, aber nach einer Nacht mit einigen Regenschauern sind wir gut vorangekommen. Um 10:06 lokaler Zeit haben wir die Ziellinie überquert. Alle sind wohlbehalten angekommen und wir genießen unseren Landfall.Hiermit endet auch unser Blog zur ARC 2013. Wir hoffen es hat euch Spaß gemacht den Törn zu verfolgen.Viele Grüße von der Sunrise-Crew. read more...


14/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 21 - ‚Die perfekte Welle‘

14.12.2013Samstagmorgen 11:30. Seit Stunden bläst es wieder mit mehr als 30 kn unddie Wellen machen ordentlich Druck auf die Ruderanlage. Petra kämpft amSteuer mit den Wellen. Das Knarren und die vielen Geräusche rund um dieSteuerung machen uns ein wenig nervös. Allein unser Skipper bleibt davöllig cool und macht den Holzunterbau für den Autopiloten als Knarrquelleaus. Er muss es wissen – und wir glauben ihm natürlich. Eben haben wir das3. Reff ins Groß gebunden. Jetzt steuert es sich wieder besser.Gestern hat Udo einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord aufgestellt: 11 kn –die Welle runter. Genial. Das haben wir der Queen F. nicht zugetraut.Dabei ist das nur Platz 3, zumindest wenn wir die von der Loge sicherfalsch gemeldeten Spitzen von 35 kn bei Dietmar und 22 kn von Katharinamitrechnen.. read more...


14/12/2013

Meltemi - Angekommen

Am 12.Dezember um 20:34 Uhr Ortszeit die Ziellinie überquert, nach 18 Tagen 11 Stunden und 34 Minuten.Jetzt heißt es die Karibik genießen.Bleibt dran, wir stellen in den nächsten Tagen immer wieder Fotos in den Blog.Rüdiger Fenck teilt Dateien über das Mediencenter mit Ihnen.Klicken Sie auf den Link, um die Dateien anzusehen oder herunterzuladen.https://mediencenter.t-online.de/auth/guest/shareToken/A6BAE892CDA7FF9B54D1723F4BED0DB49D7C0D2FAngekommen.. read more...


Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
14/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 21. Tag - Die Meilen purzeln

Es geht hervorragend voran; wir machen gerade um 150 Seemeilen pro Tag nach St.Lucia gut. Voraussichtlich morgen werden wir die Marke der 1000 verbleibenden Seemeilen knacken. Der Wind hat zugenommen und blässt gerade mit 20-30 Knoten - mehr brauchen wir dann aber auch nicht:-). Wir transportieren gerade 4 Kilo Reis von den Kap Verden in die Karibik und gestern hat uns Viktor, dem Kapitän eines Frachters, den wir angefunkt haben und der 10 Seemeilen an uns vorbeigefahren ist, erzählt er transportiert 2000 Tonnen Reis von New Orleans nach Kap Verden. Was für ein Reis-Hin-Und-Her es auf dieser Welt gibt;-). Gestern gabs allerdings kein Reis bei uns, sondern Röschti mit Butter, Speck und Käse, zubereitet von der einzigen Schweizerin an Bord - ei, das war lecker!:-). read more...


14/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #21: Last minute items...

Hello from another rockin' and rollin' day out on the Atlantic.Stuart has finished up the last of our 5 dozen eggs with delicious French toast this morning ("Soon to be Famous.." - do you see a trend here?), Mason is busy organizing the flags to be raised again in St Lucia, and Lyell is practicing his imitation of an electric guitar while on watch in the cockpit.OH, AND THERE ARE ONLY 120.2 MILES TO GO TO ST LUCIA!But who's counting!??At our current rate, that puts us into Rodney Bay Marina early in the morning, possibly even before sunrise, but the crew of the good ship Edelweiss will no doubt be awake, alert, alive and ENTHUSIASTIC!You can imagine that spirits are high this morning on Edelweiss.There are, however, plenty of serious questions that proximity to St Lucia brings up:. read more...


14/12/2013

Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W

Well Friday the 13th lived up to it's name, just when we were thinking of shaking a reef out after a very pleasant and peaceful lunch Skipper noticed grey cloud to windward - within 30 minutes we had pouring rain and loads of wind which increased all afternoon to 30 knots and despite all the cloud clearing to give a lovely moon before midnight, we still had 25-30 knots.Trouble with having a big moon it lights up all the nasty seas which pass under and break in front lighting up the sea with white foam!Saturday 14 dawned with big seas and big winds - now just got a double reefed main up - can't wait to be in St Lucia.Angry sunrise. read more...


Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W
Duplicat - Saturday 14  14.29N  49.06W
14/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 21 – Pina Colada

Position Saturday, 14.12.2013 12:00 UTC:15”04’.927 N, 055”22’.674 WDTW St. Lucia:327 sm Two more nights and we will be on landfall in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.Everyone is ready for a rum punch and a pina colada.However there is still some mileage to go. And what should we expect? Of cause, strong wind with 30 knots; couldn’t it be only 15 to 20 knots? As a result the sea looks wonderful, high waves 5 meter high and rough surface. No sunshine so far. This kind of weather we most probably will have also during the next two days, except the sun will show up. Although we all are used to the shaking and rolling meanwhile, we rather would like a calme sea and sunshine. During the night we ran thru a lot of squalls, making us busy in reefing the main whenever we where near the squall.We only run. read more...


14/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 21 - Sat 14th Dec

Only 328nm to St Lucia! At current speed, that is another 2 days. The last 3-4 have been ones of rapid progress with strong Easterly trade winds. However the downside has been big seas, making for tiring sailing and limited sleep. The thought of landfall is now very welcome!Trying to capture the sea conditions on camera is frustrating. The photos do not do justice to waves and swell that are much higher than the cockpit!No matter, the lure of the Caribbean is upon us, especially some swimming and rum cocktails. Exercise on-board consists of bracing oneself against the movement of the boat, and every task is twice the effort from on land.Astonishingly, we are only now coming to the end of our fresh fruit and vegetables. Thanks to Annemarie's very careful preparations, and good advice from. read more...


14/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w

Well, been a  quiet day on GE; a sunny morning followed by anafternoon of squalls which have  continued into the evening; dark lines ofcloud full of rain and wind. For the most part the rain is warm and you dry outin the sun though it is less comfortable at night. So just over 200 miles to runand suddenly the end of this journey seems very close. Some don’t want it to endwhile others are starting to think of landfall and the little luxuries it willbring.  Things like ( and in no particular order ) a chorizo free day,alcohol, a full night’s sleep, going to the lavatory on a stationary toiletbowl, drying dishes without performing a pirouette and not having that businesswith toilet paper that those of you who have visited Turkey know all about. Ofcourse a lot will be. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
14/12/2013

Annabella - LOG 19 - SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Position: 14 11.5N 59 09.9WDistance to St Lucia: 103.8NMDistance last 24 hours 190NMAs I type at 0700 local time (1100GMT) we have 95 NMto go. We should be there in about 12 - 14 hours by the time we go around the corner at the top of the island and into Rodney Bay. We seem to be slightly ahead of George so it may come down to the last few miles. We will have to get rid of the twin head sails, hoist the main and not lose any ground. The port twin sheet is fed through a block on the end of the boom which we are using as a substitute pole. The starboard twin is fed through the spinny pole which is easy enough. The trick will be to gybe letting the port twin over on to the starboard twin, sort the sheets, and then hoist the main. Sounds easy ..........?.Everyone is up already. read more...


14/12/2013

Hera - Fliegende Fische

Die Crew wird allmählich tiefgläubig in ihrem Glauben an Rasmus. Das Radar hat es soeben bewiesen. Die sich von achtern nähernden Squalls teilen sich unmittelbar hinter der “Hera” und laufen dann an Steuerbord und Backbord vorbei, um sich vor ihr wieder zu vereinigen. Ich habe es immer wieder gepredigt: Sherry bzw. Port sind Instrumente der Schiffssicherheit. Häufig landen fliegende Fische im Cockpit. Leider war die Crew nicht davon zu überzeugen, sie für eine leckere Fischsuppe zu sammeln. Ansonsten drehen sich die Gespräche vielfach schon um den wahrscheinlich morgen Abend bevorstehenden Landfall.   Stefan. read more...


14/12/2013

Jade - Day 21 - Up and down, up and down...

Big waves yesterday the type that make your tummy go wobbly up, down, left and right. This morning it's still windy but the waves are the more pleasant surfy type. We are beginning to allow ourselves a countdown to St Lucia. The winds look good so fingers crossed we'll be there by the 21st... Noah's joke for the day: Why are Christmas trees so bad at knitting? Because they always drop their needles!Lots of love to allMichelle and all the crew of Jade xx. read more...